From 1st July the Council of Mortgage Lenders is integrated into a new trade association, UK Finance. For the time being, all UKF mortgage information will continue to be published on this website, and UKF member-only mortgage information will only be available here.

UK Finance represents around 300 firms in the UK providing credit, banking, markets and payment-related services. The new organisation takes on most of the activities previously carried out by the Asset Based Finance Association, the British Bankers’ Association, the Council of Mortgage Lenders, Financial Fraud Action UK, Payments UK and the UK Cards Association. Please go to for wider content and updates from UK Finance.

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Market commentary August 2017


24 August 2017

Housing activity has been flat since the start of the year, with lending and transactions in line with 12 month averages. Our July gross mortgage lending estimate is £23.0 billion.

Older borrowers: why we need a more joined-up approach


7 August 2017

Borrowers need more generic advice and guidance to understand their borrowing options in later life.

Recent and aspiring first-time buyers


21 July 2017

The findings from this year’s English Housing Survey show that, while first-time buyers are getting older and their incomes higher, the appetite for home-ownership from tenants remains undimmed.

Market commentary July 2017


20 July 2017

The housing market has reached a plateau as activity and lending have been flat since the start of the year. Our gross mortgage lending estimate for June is £22.1 billion.

Are mortgage borrowers prepared for rising interest rates?


17 July 2017

It is more than a decade since the Bank of England raised interest rates. But the overwhelming majority of mortgage borrowers are well prepared for an increase.

Market commentary June 2017


22 June 2017

The housing market has stalled over the past few months, with volumes in line with our forecast. Our estimate of gross mortgage lending for May is £20.1 billion.

Largest mortgage lenders 2016 – smaller firms show the strongest growth!


20 June 2017

Our list of the largest lenders in 2016 includes data on 60 firms. It shows that last year smaller firms saw some of the strongest growth in lending.

Digital change and the mortgage market


12 June 2017

Research we are publishing later this month will explore how digital change has the potential to transform the mortgage market.

Housing in Scotland: a key political issue


30 May 2017

We look at how the market in Scotland compares to the rest of the UK, and review different housing practices and policies operating north of the border.

Market commentary May 2017


25 May 2017

Our estimate of gross mortgage lending for April is £18.4 billion, up 4% year-on-year. Remortgage activity and first-time buyers continue to drive lending growth.